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Dogs maul sheep
A community on the outskirts of
Christchurch is on high alert after a
vicious dog attack killed more than
20 sheep over the weekend. Joshua
Olykan said he arrived at his parents’
property in Hei Hei on Saturday
morning to find all their sheep —
almost all of them in lamb — dead
or badly injured. Neighbouring
properties were also targeted. Mr
Olykan was anxious for the dogs to
be caught before they caused more
damage, Newstalk ZB reported.
Truck catches fire
A road near Taupo was closed
yesterday afternoon after a truck
caught on fire. Emergency ser vices
were called to the scene on State
highway 1, 11km south of Taupo
after the truck lost an axle and
caught fire. Police said diesel fuel
spilled into both lanes.— N Z ME
Gored man stable
A man is now in a stable condition
in hospital after he was gored by
a bull in Waikato on Saturday.
Emergency ser vices were called to
the rural property in Tahuna shortly
after midday. The man, in his 50s,
was in a critical condition and was
flown to Waikato Hospital.
Firefighters contained a poisonous
gas leak at a meatworks near
Ngaruawahia yesterday — the
second at the company in less
than a fortnight. Fire Ser vice
communications spokesman Jaron
Phillips said six crews — about
35 firefighters — were called to
the Ammonia leak at the Horotiu
Affco meat processing plant about
10.15am. The leak in the engine
plant room was isolated and fire
crews ventilated the site, he said.
A ticket, sold in Rotorua, won its
holder $1 million in division one of
Lotto draw No 1466 on Saturday.
Successful numbers were 8, 11, 15,
17, 31, 36; bonus 32. Strike numbers
were 15, 36, 17, 8. There was one
Strike Four winner, from Orewa,
taking home $120,296. Powerball
number 6. There was no division one
Numbers in Keno draw No 11412: 5,
7, 10, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 27, 30,
36, 40, 41, 53, 63, 71, 75, 79. Draw No
11413: 3, 5, 12, 16, 18, 25, 27, 32, 35,
40, 45, 47, 48, 50, 65, 68, 72, 74, 77, 80.
Draw No 11414: 6, 7, 21, 32, 34, 39,
44, 46, 50, 51, 54, 56, 57, 61, 62, 63, 64,
68, 76, 80. Draw No 11415: 1, 10, 14,
19, 22, 32, 35, 40, 43, 44, 47, 50, 60, 64,
65, 66, 68, 74, 75, 78. Draw No 11416:
47, 51, 53, 58, 65, 70, 75, 79. Draw No
11417: 2, 4, 16, 17, 21, 28, 30, 31, 32,
37, 41, 44, 46, 51, 52, 57, 60, 63, 69, 73.
Draw No 11418: 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 15, 18,
20, 26, 30, 31, 36, 42, 44, 46, 61, 64, 69,
75, 78. Draw No 11419: 1, 7, 9, 10, 15,
24, 39, 42, 43, 46, 49, 59, 62, 64, 65, 68,
72, 73, 76, 78.
Build, not buy housing call
An elderly man killed in a crash on
State highway 1 near Kaikoura last week
has been named by police.
Blenheim man William Gordon
McCallum, 77, died after the collision
between a van and a trailer near Clarence
on Thursday shortly before 3pm.
Another person was taken to
Christchurch Hospital with serious
An investigation is under way to
establish the cause of the crash.
Crash victim named
Firefighters from rural New Zealand
are flying to Canada to help battle blazes
raging in almost 800,000ha of forest.
The western Canada forest fires have
forced thousands of people to evacuate
and thick smoke has triggered air quality
warnings across the country and into the
One of the fires was more than five
times the size of Saskatchewan’s largest
city Saskatoon, officials said.
New Zealand rural fire officer Kevin
O’Connor said 16 firefighters were
leaving Auckland for Canada tomorrow.
The firefighters would fly into Vancouver
before transferring to Edmonton in
Alberta to start an expected five-week
deployment providing front-line support
to local firefighters, he said.
“O ur people have a range of skills in
high demand during lengthy firefighting
operations,” Mr O’Connor said.
“These include logistics, planning,
finance, ferrying supplies into remote
locations and the use of aircraft.”
The deployment followed a request
from the Canadian inter-agency forest
fire centre last week.
About 800,000ha of forest are
burning across the states of Alberta,
Saskatchewan and British Colombia, as
well as in neighbouring Alaska.
New Zealand previously lent support
to Canadian authorities in 2009 during
a serious outbreak of fires.
Firefighters from New Zealand have
also helped to stamp out blazes in
Australia nine times and in the United
States five times in the past 15 years.
Alexander has called for New
Zealand to follow Australia and
require foreigners to build new places
rather than buying existing Auckland
“Good on someone for trying to
throw more light on an issue which
I have highlighted in the past with
a recommendation that we adopt
Australia’s rules of banning sales
of existing houses to foreigners,”
Mr Alexander wrote in his latest
newsletter of the revelations, based
on Labour Party information, that
showed people of Chinese descent
accounted for 39.5% of the almost
4000 Auckland transactions between
February and April.
Yet census 2013 data showed ethnic
Chinese who are New Zealand
residents or citizens account for only
9% of Auckland’s population.
“ We should as soon as possible
adopt Australia’s rules restricting
foreign buying of anything other than
new housing unless resident for 12
months,” Mr Alexander wrote.
Labour housing spokesman Phil
Twyford, who released the data
on Saturday, said: “It ’s staggering
evidence that strongly suggests there’s
a significant offshore Chinese presence
in the Auckland real estate market.”
Mr Alexander called for more
information on the topic.
“I do not fault Labour’s housing
spokesman Phil Twyford for releasing
the data. But as with my own efforts to
estimate offshore buying last year and
in 2013 the data simply do not allow
us yet to truly know what proportion
of our housing stock is being sold to
people who will never live here — be
they Chinese, Albanian or whatever,”
Mr Alexander said of the BNZ-
REINZ sur vey.
He warned that requiring foreigners
to build houses was not the absolute
“Adopting Australia’s rules as they
stand won’t be the panacea many are
hoping for. In Australia’s case people
have been able to get around the
restrictions quite easily. The regime is
now being enforced more rigorously,
but that does not necessarily alter
what is being seen as a huge problem
something which people in Hong
Kong have been seeing more and
more of in recent years.”
Mr Alexander questioned the data.
“The real estate agency data released
this week suffer a huge flaw in that
one cannot identify whether the
person with the Chinese name is
in fact located offshore having no
intention of living in New Zealand.
Their family could have been in New
Zealand since the Otago gold rush
days of the 1860s. They might have
migrated here in the wave from the
late-1980s when we changed our
migration rules to specifically reduce
emphasis on English heritage and
open the door instead to people based
on measures of merit, regardless of
where they were coming from,” Mr
Mr Twyford questioned why there
were 22,000 empty houses in the
Auckland region and Mr Alexander
also raised that issue.
“ Many Chinese who buy properties
never, or rarely, occupy them. They sit
empty. This applies even to newly-
built apartments sold to Chinese
buyers. Chinese simply want an asset
away from any control by the CCP,”
Mr Alexander said.
Yesterday, The Guardian published
an article headlined China’s rich
seek shelter from stock market storm
in foreign property and that cited
Australia, Britain and Canada as
bracing for a surge of interest after
China’s stock market issues.
Housing Minister Nick Smith has
dismissed Labour’s housing data
but said the Government ’s newly-
introduced requirement for all house
buyers to have an IRD number and
a New Zealand bank account from
October would give far more accurate
information on the extent of overseas
investment in Auckland housing.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
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Locals in the remote Catlins
area who saw John Beckenridge
in the days before he disappeared
with his 11-year-old stepson are
adamant the pair are alive and
have probably fled the deep south.
Mr Beckenridge, 64, was
captured on security cameras
paying for supplies in cash in
the days after he took Mike
Zhao-Beckenridge from James
Hargest College’s junior school in
Invercargill on March 13.
Over the next week, the pair
were spotted driving around the
Catlins, south-east of Invercargill,
and seen camping in tents and
in the back of the Swedish-born
pilot ’s dark-blue Volkswagen
Locals also told of a van being
driven at night with its lights
off around the time the pair
Farmer Colin McDonald saw
them on his property near the
southernmost tip of the South
Island, Slope Point, on March 16
— two days before police issued
a public missing persons plea for
Mr McDonald, who had noted
the VW ’s registration details,
immediately phoned police.
About the same time, they
were seen getting supplies at tiny
Kevin Millard of Tokanui
General Store said he ser ved Mr
Beckenridge and the youngster
on March 16.
Mr Millard remembers the pair,
describing Mr Beckenridge as
“talkative, nice, polite”.
“They came in here and bought
a few things — a pie and snacks
— just general things,” he said.
“(Beckenridge) was just another
customer. He didn’t look out of
place. I didn’t have any reason to
think anything (of it).”
appeared happy and calm, “just
the same as any other kid”,
according to Mr Millard.
“He definitely wasn’t being held
captive anything. If he wanted to
get away, then one word, and we
would’ve all helped him. ”
Mr Beckenridge, who has a
$1 million house in an upmarket
Queenstown estate, then filled up
with fuel at the Tokanui Ser vice
Centre next door.
Garage owner Adam Miller said
his CCTV system captured the
exchange. The footage has been
taken away by police who refused
a request to view it.
“They got a good shot of him
and the car,” Mr Miller said.
“They didn’t get the plates but
there aren’t many blue VW
Touaregs around here, it ’s mainly
Couriers, Falcons and Hiluxes. ”
He remembers Mr Beckenridge
acting calmly and did not notice
However, when he reviewed the
footage, he saw signs of a man on
“ You can see him chatting away,
but he’s very aware that he was
exposed, with hat and glasses, and
jacket pulled up,” Mr Miller said.
“He paid in cash, which makes
sense if he was planning to
Mr Miller did not see the
child in the car, and he was not
captured by the cameras. But
he added: “If he had wanted to
scream the house down, that was
the time to do it.”
There were further confirmed
sightings of the pair in bush in
the Slope Point and Curio Bay
areas on March 21 and 22.
Police found four camp sites,
with tents left behind.
On March 20, Mr Beckenridge,
who had worked for years
in Papua New Guinea and
Afghanistan as a commercial
helicopter pilot, sent “goodbye”
texts to friends, his lawyer and
Sometime over the next 24
hours, Mr Beckenridge’s car went
over an 88m cliff near Curio Bay
— a remote spot notorious for
A missing persons alert
went out the day Mike Zhao-
Beckenridge disappeared and
border alerts were issued within
24 hours, police say.
It took six weeks to recover
the vehicle from the wild cove’s
crashing waves. Their bodies
were not found. Police forensic
examinations found “no signs of
human remains” in the car.
Dozens of Catlins locals spoken
to believe the pair have fled the
“ You can’t hide in New Zealand.
You have to get out of the
country,” Mr Millard said.
“ He’s got a lot of connections.
He has aliases, he has contacts to
the underground world, he has
definitely had help.
“ He’s not hiding out round here.
There’s too many hunters and
people that they would’ve come
over them. All the houses are
pretty well known. ”
Mr Miller agreed. “I can’t believe
he’s still around here.” — NZME
Beckenridges ‘still alive’
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Catlins searchers return from searching for John Beckenridge and his 11-year-old stepson, Mike Zhao-
Beckenridge, near Curio Bay in March.
practices including zero
hour contracts are not
going to be solved by
National’s latest measures,
local politicians and a
union representative say.
Unite Union South
Island spokesman Ben
Peterson said yesterday ’s
package, which would
see changes made to
does little to prevent
“ It (the government) got
rid of zero-hour contracts
as a slogan, but there’s
nothing to stop employers
“There still needs to be
more done . . . with limited
“ For a fast food worker,
it ’s going to make minimal
difference because we’ve got a union
Zero-hour contracts involve an
employee having to be available for work
without an employer setting a minimum
number of hours, and no compensation
is paid if the employee does not work.
Yesterday’s measures, announced by
Minister of Workplace Relations and
Safety Michael Woodhouse, means that
where an employer and employee agree
to a set amount of hours, it must be
stated in the employment agreement.
Other changes include employers not
being able to cancel a shift without
reasonable notice or compensation, not
limiting an employee’s restrictions on
secondary employment and not making
unreasonable deductions from wages.
Mr Peterson said giving employees “a
system where there is no ambiguity” and
“clear protection and guarantees” around
hours was what was needed.
“(Give) people clearer definitions of
what their work is . . . clearly spelled out,”
Mr Peterson said.
Dunedin North MP Dr David Clark
was also critical of the measures.
“ It’s window dressing,” he said.
“The zero-hour contract is still in place.
“ If they think this is fair, then they are
out of touch.”
Dr Clark said the proposal would
“make fairer employers less competitive
than their ruthless counterparts”.
Labour leader Andrew Little said in
a press release yesterday
the government had
entrenched unfair employ-
ment practices in law.
“Once again National has
shown it is on the side of
exploitative employers, not
employers who use good
practice, and certainly not
on the side of vulnerable
Dunedin City Councillor
and former McDonald’s
employee Aaron Hawkins
said there was a lack of
definition within the
proposal and prospective
employees should not have
to “negotiate what is fair
“This is to keep the sharks
out of the game,” he said.
responded by saying zero
hour contracts were gone
and unions were now
trying to “get rid of casual
Mr Little said the proposed changes
to zero-hour contracts were confusing,
and he did not believe they would
make a real difference to vulnerable
He said there was still no expectations
on employers to actually provide work,
and there was no guarantees that
compensation would be fair.
“ People instinctively know these
contracts are unfair. A worker who
ostensibly has a full time role can have
their hours changing massively from
week to week, or can find themselves
with no hours at all for the week,” Mr
Unite Union national director Mike
Treen said a guaranteed minimum
number of hours in a contract was not
“There is not much difference if
someone is on a contract where the work
week can fluctuate from eight to 40 or
more hours a week and a contract where
the fluctuation is zero to 40.”
Mr Treen said workers needed a
guaranteed minimum to start and the
ability to build up their hours over
“Companies should not be allowed to
hire additional staff until all available
hours are offered to existing staff. Th at
is what we negotiated with the fast food
companies and this principle should be
included in law,” Mr Treen said.
— Otago Daily Times-NZME
Celebrity chef Jo Seagar has blamed
the Canterbury earthquakes and an
“ impatient ” Inland Revenue for closing
the doors of her North Canterbury cafe
and cook school.
Seagars at Oxford closed on Friday.
A sign on the door reads: “ Winslow
Trading Company Ltd, operator of Seagar
Cafe, Cook School, Kitchen Store and
B and B has been placed in liquidation. ”
“ It’s really gutting. Another post-
earthquake story,” an emotional Ms
Seagar said today.
Local suppliers were not owed any
money, she said.
After the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes,
business fell by 75% “overnight ”.
Canterbury also lost about 1.5 million
tourists, which the cafe and cook school
relied heavily on.
Staff were kept on, on full pay, while
the Seagars took in no income and
battled to sur vive.
“ We did the decent thing, but
in hindsight we should have fired
everybody and cut back, but we didn’t
and we are paying the price of that now,”
Ms Seagar said.
“ We’ve had a great 10 years, a
really thriving business, and then the
“The Inland Revenue is not patient
enough post-earthquake and they put us
“ We’ve actually been quite successful
in trading and busy but not just enough
to pay them.
“ It ’s just one of those stories, and
I’m sure there are hundreds of little
businesses like us. People have lots
worse, don’t they, lots worse.”
In February, Ms Seagar revealed the
business was on the market.
“There have been a lot of rumours out
there but yes, there is truth in this one
— Seagars at Oxford . . . is for sale,” she
wrote on her website at the time.
“I am hoping we find the right new
owner who will carry on and develop
the extraordinary possibilities of this
“O xford is a fabulous town with all
the amenities within an easy drive
of Christchurch with all its changes,
growth and excitement post-quakes.
“A couple of new opportunities have
arisen for Ross and I and and a fast
approaching significant birthday have
had us thinking about what we’d like to
do for the next decade.”
Today, she said that she and husband
Ross, who is heavily involved in the
local fire brigade, were committed to the
“ We’ll just hunker down and decide on
what to do next,” Ms Seagar, who was
made a Member of the New Zealand
Order of Merit in the New Year’s
honours list for her work with Hospice
New Zealand, said.
“ I still have great faith in Canterbury,
it ’s just a bit of a bugger really. But we’ ll
come back. ” — NZME
Celebrity chef cafe closed
Hager police raid in court
A police raid on the home of Dirty
Politics author Nicky Hager went
against his privilege as a journalist,
a court has been told this morning.
Mr Hager appeared at the High
Court in Wellington today, seeking
a judicial review into the steps
taken by police and the District
Court after his house was raided by
police last year.
The raid was carried out last
October following a complaint
from blogger Cameron Slater,
who claimed he had been illegally
The e-mails taken from Mr Slater
were then disclosed to Mr Hager,
and formed the basis of his tell-all
book Dirty Politics.
During the raid at Mr Hager’s
home, a number of documents were
confiscated, including physical
records, computers, CDs, phones
and USB drives.
Hager ’s lawyer, Julian Miles, QC,
has argued police should not have
applied for the warrant, as the
source material for Dirty Politics
was subject to journalistic privilege
under the Evidence Act.
Mr Miles told the court police
acted unlawfully in deciding to
seek a warrant, issuing a warrant,
executing the warrant and in the
way the search itself was conducted.
Mr Miles said during the
10-hour-long raid on October 2,
which involved six officers, Mr
Hager’s house was turned “upside
He said Mr Hager had not
committed any offence and at the
time of the raid police were treating
him as a witness — not a suspect.
He told the court that the actions
of police put Mr Hager’s reputation
as a journalist at risk, and as an
investigative journalist he has
to promise confidentiality to his
“At the heart of the success of any
journalist . . . is the ability to promise
confidentiality and the ability to
deliver that confidentiality. Because
the promise is not enough if you
can’t follow through.
“If police are able to raid journalists
and force them to provide the
identity of the informant that will
have a chilling effect on future
informants for the obvious reason.”
The hearing before Justice Denis
Clifford is set down for three days.
A woman who fell and broke her
arm on Mount Ruapehu yesterday was
rescued 2400m up by helicopter.
The Taupo-based Greenlea rescue
helicopter was dispatched at 3pm
yesterday, when the 48-year-old climber
alerted emergency ser vices on her
A ski patrol member climbed to the
woman’s position, on a steep slope above
the skifield, and administered first aid
until the helicopter arrived.
The woman was flown to a nearby
landing zone where St John paramedics
The helicopter then took her to
Rotorua Hospital for further treatment.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Investigations are continuing
into the unexplained death of a
woman in a motel in Christchurch
The woman, aged in her 30s, was
discovered at the Terra Vive Motels
Her death was being treated as
unexplained, police said.
“ Police are undertaking ongoing
inquiries on behalf of the coroner,”
detective senior sergeant David
Har vey said.
“A post-mortem examination will
be conducted today and police hope
to complete a scene examination
later today. ”
The death had been referred to
the coroner, who would determine
the cause of death, Mr Har vey said.
No further details would be
released until formal identification
had taken place and the woman’s
next of kin had been informed.
Terra Vive Motels declined to
comment. — N Z ME
Inquiries into woman’s death in motel
Two people suffered smoke inhalation
following a house fire in Waikato early
Four fire trucks from Pukekohe and
Tuakau were called to the scene on Carr
Street in Tuakau about 3am, northern
fire communications shift manager
Jarom Phillips said.
Mr Phillips said an adult and a child
both suffered from smoke inhalation as a
result of the fire.
He said the blaze had spread through
the roof of the house, before firefighters
gained access and got the fire under
Firefighters were also at the scene of
a house fire in Ladies Mile, Remuera at
8.40pm on Saturday, Mr Phillips said.
Four fire trucks were called out after a
chimney caught fire, and the blaze spread
throughout the roof of the house.
No one was injured in the fire, he said.
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